Califonia Bountiful

On location: Humboldt County

June/July 2012 California Bountiful magazine

What makes it distinctive? Find out!

Home to 100 miles of rugged coastline, Humboldt County may best be known for its towering redwoods—the tallest trees in the world. A 31-mile scenic alternative to Hwy. 101 takes travelers through the Avenue of the Giants, past quaint small towns and inviting hiking trails.

Greg Dale, Eureka
For the past 20 years, oyster farmer Greg Dale has raised the highly prized Kumamoto variety in Humboldt Bay, where 70 percent of the state's fresh oysters are grown. Dale credits the temperate ocean climates in the area for "really fantastic productivity" of this mollusk, which can take two to three years to grow to a market size of 2 inches.

Loleta Bakery, Loleta
Freshly ground grains and local sources of milk, butter, honey and eggs give these baked goods a wholesome goodness. Choose from Portuguese sweet bread, Jewish rye, old-fashioned sourdough or even a chile cheese loaf. Morning pastries, soups, sandwiches, fresh pizza and espresso drinks are available to enjoy at a slow pace or on the road. Phone 707-733-1789.

Family Fun
Arcata Main Street's Oyster Festival, Arcata
Roasted, barbecued, fried or on the half shell—you can shuck till you drop at the 22nd annual celebration of the county's aquaculture business (June 16 this year). The event will feature some of Humboldt County's finest chefs, live music, local microbrews, entertainment for the kids and a farmers market.

Scotia Museum, Scotia
Timber is Humboldt County's top agricultural product. Visitors to the Scotia Museum will learn about the role of early logging and lumber mill life in this community nestled in the redwoods. Check out artifacts, videos, 3-D displays and locomotives from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata
Hike or bike more than 5 miles of trails through this bird-watching paradise along the Pacific Flyway, where more than 270 avian species live or visit during migration. The sanctuary includes freshwater ponds, a salt marsh, tidal mudflats and an interpretive center.

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